How do you turn broccoli haters into broccoli lovers?
You could puree, pulse, or otherwise pulverize it into unrecognizable smithereens and hide it in some sort of mysterious casserole or soup. But casseroles and soups are for fall, and it is absolutely 100% NOT fall yet. To the lady I overheard the other day talking about how much she couldn’t wait for her first Starbucks PSL of the season: I’m all for pumpkin, but it’s AUGUST. Calm down. Let’s postpone that sugar high and eat something that isn’t going to give you diabetes. Something like…
As a kid I remember eating boiled broccoli and cauliflower drenched in cheese sauce. Did anyone else do this? I’m not sure exactly what the cheese sauce recipe was, but what I do know is that we ate a LOT of it. I’m talking like “would you like some broccoli with your cheese soup?” amounts of it. Looking back, perhaps this contributed to my aversion to cheese today. That and far too many boxes of Kraft Dinner.
The little broccoli florets in this salad are totally not disguised in any way, nor are they snuggled up in a blanket of liquid cheese. But I promise that the other ingredients and the creamy herb dressing make it all SO delicious.
Speaking of creamy herb dressing, lately one of my favourite things to do is create new flavours in my Vitamix using a base of either soft tofu or avocado. This one in particular is a combination of avocado, white miso, apple cider vinegar, tahini, herbs and a bit of lemon, thinned out with water.
Not only are dressings like this so much more flavourful and good for you than store-bought alternatives, but the healthy fats in avocados and tahini help our bodies to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in fruits and veggies. (Fat soluble = needs fat to be usable.) Sounds like a win-win to me!
Back to the broccoli. I recommend chopping it up into really small florets. This way you can get all the other delicious morsels – sweet apples, carrots, dried cranberries, crunchy pecans and seeds – in on the same bite. Let’s be honest, that’s a whole lot more tasty and foodgasm-inducing than a big mouthful of raw broccoli, and about 1000x healthier than the conventional mayo-drenched broccoli salads found at summertime picnics. No need for cheese sauce blankets here. 😉
Since it’s the first Wednesday of the month, you’ll find this Broccoli Pecan Salad recipe over on Greatist.
I’ve recently begun working with a couple of companies whose philosophies and products I absolutely love, and I’m really excited to tell you about them. You guys already know I’m a big Vega fan, but I’m now also working with two new partners, Prana and Sibu, to bring you some fantastic reader-exclusive deals. Here’s what’s happening this month:
Prana’s high quality products are inspired by different culinary traditions around the globe. They’ve got a fantastic variety of nuts, dried fruits, seeds, sweet & savory snacks, trail mix, superfoods, cacao and coconut products, all of which are 100% organic and vegan-friendly. I love their trail mixes, raw nuts and cacao nibs, and you can expect to see plenty of recipes coming up on the blog soon that incorporate these nutrient-dense superfoods.
Use the code eatspinrun15 for 15% off your order site-wide. Check them out here.
I first talked about my experiences with Sibu’s natural skincare products a couple of months ago and have since become a loyal fan. One of my favourites is the Therapy Trio, which includes a sea buckthorn face & body bar, nourishing facial cream and sea buckthorn seed oil. It’s a great starter set for problematic and sensitive skin, and this month you can get 20% off your entire purchase site-wide until August 31 using the code AugustTrio20.
Note: Sibu’s online store currently only ships to the US, but Canadian shoppers can find the products in many large and small retailers across the country. Check out my Recommended Products page for a full list.
If you happen to be running low on your Vega stash these days, the timing is perfect because I have a discount code for you to use on their site too! EatSpinRun will get you 20% off purchases site-wide, plus free shipping in the US and Canada until August 14, 2015.
Vega has been a huge part of my sports nutrition regimen for my half Ironman at the end of this month, but even if you’re not training for anything, there are still some great products for every day use. I’ve recently converted my mum into a loyal fan of the tropical Protein and Greens and tropical tango Protein Smoothie, and they’re now one of her favourite ways to increase the protein content of her breakfasts. Get your shop on here!
Last but not least, I’ll be sending out my quarterly newsletter tomorrow, Thursday August 6th. If you’d like to receive it, all you need to do is sign up. (It’s free!)